ORA Green Planet Acropora is ready to invade your SPS reef

ORA’s new Green Planet acro is the latest new stony coral release from Oceans Reef & Aquariums which is grown out at their Florida facility. Bearing much resemblance to the famous ORA Red Planet table acro, the green planet is…

Acropora insignis gets an official release from ORA

Acropora insignis is an interesting staghorn Acro which was one of the must-have stony corals back in the day when the selection was much more limited. Acro Insignis has been obscured by more showy species in the recent past but ORA…

Red Dragon Acro: large wild Acropora carduus colonies photographed in Bali

The reef aquarium hobby has never enjoyed so much diversity and abundance of maricultured stony corals but with so many of these species being highly sought after, it seems like all we know of many of these species is how…

Reef Builders Pick: Five favorite large reef tanks

For this week’s Reef Builders Pick we’ve some serious eye candy. With five large reef tanks from all over the world including France, South Africa, Brazil, England, and Holland this line up is as international as it is amazing. Massive…

Wild Singapore’s FlickR stream is a great source of wild coral photography

It is often quite easy to forget where the corals from our systems actually came from, or what they looked like in the wild. Wild Singapore’s photo stream is a huge collection of under water life photography and contains many…

Coral goby-hosting acropora found to chemically signal their gobies for help

You are probably aware of the symbiotic relationship between Acropora and coral gobies, with the coral providing shelter and the coral gobies in return fighting off predators and other threats to the health of the coral. Now however, researchers at…

Acropora sirikitiae newest species of staghorn coral described from western Thailand

Acropora sirikitiae is the newest species of the popular small polyp stony coral genus Acropora to be described since Acropora rongelapensis. Discovered growing in Western Thailand, Acropora sirikitiae is a medium branched staghorn with appressed radial corallites. Carden Wallace, the world’s preeminent expert…

The infamous Cali Tort & Oregon Tort – classic strains of blue Acropora tortuosa

This week I would like to talk about a coral that is dear to my heart, Acropora tortuosa. I’m not sure exactly why this coral is so well loved and collected within the hobby – Is it because it occurs…

New study finds that biodiversity doesn’t always equal resiliency

A recent study suggests that corals with greater diversity of symbiodinium (aka zooxanthellae) are more sensitive to environmental changes than corals with fewer variety of symbiodinium. Published by the Royal Society Biological Sciences, the research breaks down the corals as…

Acropora suharsonoi – one of the most beautiful and unique deepwater Acro species

We are delighted to welcome Leo den Breejen as the latest addition to our lineup of international contributors. Leo is the creator of such famed aquascapes as the Formosa Forest and Apogon Reef and he’ll be dropping from time to…